What Motivates The Top CEOs On Earth?

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What Motivates The Top CEOs On Earth?

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We've all heard of the top names in business and the tech world, those who've made huge strides for their companies and essentially trailblazed paths for the ones who followed. Names such as Elon Musk, Tim Cook, Bill Gates. Inevitably, they will get asked questions regarding what motivates them. What keeps them going forward? Below are some of their answers as far as the reason they get out of bed every day to do what they do…

Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook has a very broad perspective in terms of his goals and motivation. For him, it's about helping people across the world. He explains:

"That we can build things that help us imagine a better world and then make it real ... make it your life's work to remake the world, because there is nothing more beautiful or more worthwhile than working to leave something better for humanity."

Tesla Inc founder Elon Musk is certainly known for his innovation and not just for how we get from point A to point B. Musk hopes to one day save the human race by colonizing Mars. His eye ever on the future, he wants to feel good about the direction in which humanity is heading.

Former PepsiCo, Inc. CEO Indra Nooyi also has her eye on the future of the world and its communities. Particularly, she ran Pepsi with the intent to help societies across the planet. She offered:

"At the end of the day, companies like ours are little republics…PepsiCo's market capitalization makes us bigger than many countries around the world ... we have access to capabilities that many countries don't have.

"And that's my sincere hope: that every company views their place in society that way, and modifies the business model to be more sensitive to these countries, societies, and communities in which they operate."

These CEOs and many like them take a very big-picture approach to business and how their particular companies can ultimately contribute for the better. What about you…What are your goals for your business? First Union Lending would love to help you do something big. Call today to see how our business lending programs can help.

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